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Photographers Rejoice!

We are open for business

Hello photographers and travelers! We at Vietnam in Focus hope all is well, and you’re raring to get exploring again. We certainly are! On March 16, 2022, Vietnam’s international borders re-opened to tourism. Finally, we’re able to welcome you back to explore our astoundingly photogenic country.

Fun on Tour
Mu Cang Chai Landscape by Duc Nguyen

There’s no doubt this has been a tough time for anyone working in tourism, and we are no exception. There have been moments in the past couple of years when we wondered if we’d ever get out of the house again, let alone travel!

However, it’s also been a chance for us to reset, recharge and reflect. More than ever, we’re proud of our focus on experiences that are low-impact and authentic. Despite the temptation to ‘pack out’ our tours, we’re keeping our group sizes to a maximum of five guests. That makes for a more enjoyable, authentic and environmentally-friendly experience, as well as ensuring those unique photography opportunities.

When possible, we’ve been researching new photo adventures throughout the country. In the coming months, expect to see exciting additions to our selection of ‘working life’ village tours around Hanoi, as well as expeditions to spectacular Ban Gioc Waterfall in the north and an incredible buffalo racing festival in the Mekong Delta

Ban Gioc Waterfall
Vermicelli Village
buffalo racing festival in the Mekong Delta

Our three Featured Tours for 2022, Vietnam by Rail, Golden Harvest and On the Opium Trail are ready to roll. If you’ve booked a place on one of these, or shown interest in joining, expect to hear from us shortly. And we are already receiving inquiries for our renowned tailormade photo tours throughout Vietnam.

For details on Vietnam’s re-opening, including entry requirements and contacts, please see our page here.

More than ever, we look forward to seeing you here again. Stay in focus and see you soon!

Vietnam by Rail

Vietnam by Rail

 Discover Vietnam from south to north by rail

Travel from Saigon to Hanoi on Vietnam’s Reunification Express while learning the art of photography. Capture daily Vietnamese life in the cities of Saigon, Danang and Hanoi. Explore the eastern coastline, fishing villages and sleepy towns, snap portraits of traders, fishermen and local life along the railway. Experience crossing the Hai Van Pass, one of the world’s most spectacular train journeys, on our 11 day photography adventure through Vietnam.

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Northern Vietnam - The Golden Harvest @ Mu-Cang-Chai

Golden Harvest

 Northern Vietnam Photographic Adventure

14 Days through Northern Vietnam on our ultimate mountain photo adventure. Capture ‘golden season’ on the towering rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai and Sapa. Rainy season is over, the harvest fast approaches, and the paddies turn from bright green to gold in a matter of weeks. As hill tribe farmers begin to work the fields, it’s a photographer’s dream.

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Northern Vietnam on the Opium Trail

Opium Trail

 Explore and Capture Vietnam’s North West

13 days following Vietnam’s historical opium trade and the environment in which it flourished. You’ll encounter and photograph the montagnards of the northern hill tribes and visit colonial palaces and the scattered ruins of French forts and gun emplacements, all remains of the opium trade in northern Vietnam nearly a century ago.

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